142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities

Courtesy of Barrington Children's Charities

Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.

Courtesy of Laura Pavin

Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program…

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28. Explore the Art of Barrington’s Amanda Paulson

Amanda Paulson Oil Paintings

With the Barrington Art Fest just days away, we can’t let the week go by without meeting some of the artists who will have their works on display and for sale. But you don’t have to wait until this weekend to meet Barrington artist, Amanda Paulson. She’ll be the featured guest at an artist reception and wine tasting scheduled for TONIGHT. It’s happening at the Park Avenue Wine Bar in downtown Barrington, where her artwork is currently featured, including this 48″ x 48″ painting of the Statue of Liberty, priced at $1,595.

Amanda Paulson Oil Paintings

Liberty: Statue of, 2008, oil on panel, 48″ x 48″ – Amanda Paulson

Amanda is truly a local Barrington artist. She grew up here in Barrington, attended Countryside Elementary School, Station Middle School and graduated from Barrington High School in 2004.

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27. Meet & Encourage Barrington’s Youngest Artists

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The people in charge of this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival are shining a spotlight on the area’s youngest artists this year. For the first time, they’re devoting a section of the festival to youth artists who will be displaying their works for sale and there will also be a children’s art activity area where kids of all ages can slip on a smock, roll up their sleeves and create their own masterpieces.

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The family fun is totally FREE and it will definitely be a highlight of this year’s festival!

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25. Check Out Today’s Barrington Open Houses

Weekend Open Houses in Barrington, Illinois

Feel like checking out some of the homes currently for sale in Barrington? Today’s a great day to do it. It’s a beautiful Sunday, the doors are open and the welcome mats are out this afternoon at 17 Barrington properties that are for sale and just waiting for new owners.

Weekend Open Houses in Barrington, Illinois

If you visit any of these homes today and would like more details like how long they’ve been on the market, whether there have been price reductions and what other homes are available that might suit your needs, I’m here to help…

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24. Meet the Green Grocer in South Barrington

Open Air Produce Market at the Arboretum of South Barrington

A Chicago neighborhood hot spot is opening for business in Barrington TODAY to offer a new place for us to find fresh local produce while shopping outdoors.  The Green Grocer is debuting a seasonal open air market this morning at the Arboretum of South Barrington and their colorful fruits and veggies are just waiting to come home to your table.

Open Air Produce Market at the Arboretum of South Barrington

Courtesy of Dan Wendt

The new Produce Market will be a great place to pop in and pick up essential grocery items, lunch to go, the ingredients for a fresh and delicious dinner, fresh flowers or a gift for a friend who loves unique and hard-to-find food items.

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22. Get Artsy Outdoors at Art in the Park

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

If you love art and you love the outdoors, you don’t want to miss the FREE “Art in the Park” art and music festival coming up in Barrington this weekend.  The third annual event kicks off the outdoor festival season and is happening all day this upcoming Sunday, May 22nd.  You can expect to find more artists displaying their works this year, along with more musicians, more children’s activities, more food AND more people gathered for a day of art and inspiration at Barrington’s Citizen’s Park.

Citizen's Park Art in the Park Festival

Photo Courtesy of Barrington Cutural Arts Center

There will be close to 60 area artists displaying their works for sale from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at this Sunday’s event, there will be eight musical acts performing live on the stage, you’ll find live art demonstrations happening throughout the park and just wait until you hear what’s planned for kids this year…

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14. Sign Up for the Barrington Mother’s Day 5K

Sign Up for the Barrington Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk

Want to start a new tradition with your mom this Mother’s Day? There’s still time to sign up for the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk happening on the streets of Barrington on Sunday morning. You can even have a poster created to cheer on your mom and arrange to have it posted along the course route.

Sign Up for the Barrington Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk

Get your legs moving with your mama and bring your little ones, too for the FREE 100 meter kids dash.

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13. Celebrate Mom at the Run for the Roses Hat Party

Kentucky Derby Hat Party at Peter Daniel

There’s a new fashion trend in Barrington that’s becoming one of the hottest Mother’s Day gifts around. The couture hats worn at last week’s Royal Wedding and sported traditionally at the Kentucky Derby have people rushing in to Peter Daniel to purchase high fashion hats of all shapes and sizes. To celebrate, Peter Daniel is hosting a “Run for the Roses Hat Party” this Thursday with specials on hats and anything pink!

Kentucky Derby Hat Party at Peter Daniel

If you love finding opportunities to don your favorite fashion hats, this party is THE PLACE TO BE this Thursday!

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61. Make Peace with the Poppy Chairman

Incoming Commander of Barrington VFW Post 7706, Paul Corwin

 I just met the “Poppy Chairman”, Paul Corwin this weekend.  I found his phone number in the newspaper when I was looking for details about Barrington’s Memorial Day Parade.  When he picked up the phone, I said something like, “Hi Paul.  My name is Liz and I wondered if you might share some information with me … Read more…

60. Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

Remembering Veterans at Evergreen Cemetery

 Memorial Day Weekend is often called the “Unofficial Start of Summer”. Over the years, it has turned into a holiday for barbeques, parties and warm weather fun. Sometimes these celebrations overshadow the real reason behind the holiday. But a handful of parents found a way to teach their kids the true meaning this weekend with … Read more…